Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe says US classification of Nigeria as a security rick country is not acceptable and on Tuesday protested to the US ambassador to the country
“I made it clear, through the US ambassador, to the US government that this is unacceptable to Nigeria,” Maduekwe told journalists after a meeting in his Abuja office with ambassador Robin Sanders.
“I told the US ambassador that listing Nigeria on the second tier of countries that are indicated on the radar of security measures from the US, is an unacceptable New Year gift to a friendly country like Nigeria,” he said.
Washington on Sunday introduced new security measures for passengers flying to the United States from 14 countries, including Nigeria, after a 23-year-old Nigerian was accused of trying to blow up a US jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a trained mechanical engineer, who had explosives sewn into his underwear, had boarded a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
The minister, a lawyer, underlined that Nigeria “has been traditionally friendly with America (and it is) a country whose 70 million Muslims are among the most peaceful Mulims anywhere in the world”.